To protect the silk, put it behind glass or non-reflecting something. I did not put glass here because I was taking photo with flash in night (1:30am).
The frame was a very inexpensive one. You may choose a better one with matting.
This piece of silk was a special. It was painted on September 1, 2005. Technically, it was the beginning stage of a new style of my silk painting. I started to use colour blending in my painting.
I started the big leaf with green, then the small leaves green also, then I found that this painting needed nothing but green. How boring! To differentiate the leaves, I put yellow in some leaves, water in some others and blue in the rest. Then the whole painting stood up. I could see the young tender leaf vs the old broken ones. I also saw the layer and distance of the leaves. At the end I put some cyan here and some royal blue there as background. It came out pretty dark as it was still wet.
Half an hour later, I checked it again. The yellow in the green brightened up and the blue darkened down. It was such a mysterious secenery that I could never imagine! The joy was beyond ... words.
This time, I used a brush with water only (no colour) , to go over the painted petal. The dark purple was not fixed. It flew with the water and created a natural transition between dark purple and white. The longer you wash with your water brush, the less the difference between the two colours.
This was how I worked in winter, before I put a big table in our garage. I covered the kitchen counter top with newspaper, and stretch my silk onto fruit box. It worked effectively well. I never had enough reason to buy a frame.
This piece was done at Forestville shopping village in Sydney north shores. I was doing a silk painting demo in the street. People were surprised to see how simple and quick it could be finished. I worked on it about 10 minutes. The rest was done by the sun. It dried the silk beautifully and naturally. I didn't expect it came out such a bright colour.
Outline your sketch with gutta serti on silk. gutta, (Frehch, a drop), serti (French, enclosure). Gutta serti means a liquid that outlines an enclosure so that the colour will stay within the boundary defined by the gutta.
This piece of silk was finished at the "Meet the Artist" event with a group of enthusiastic friends watching over my shoulder. The artistic expression of the Stewart Family gives this work a brand new dimension.
I would like, with great honour, to dedicate this piece of work to Artique Café of Killarney Heights.
Silk painting, framed, 9 x 9 inch, or 25cm x 25cm.
I started this piece of work two years ago when I was in California. I drew the outline with gutta serti and painted with colour. For some reason, I couldn't find the feeling so I put it aside.
Living in Sydney with bright Australian sunshine everyday, I came to miss the cool snow in the other continents where I used to live. In a burning hot afternoon, I dipped my brush in the mysterious purple and serene blue. There it came - Once in a blue moon.